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questioned defense secretary nominee chuck hagel's financial disclosures, john mccain gave cruz a scolding. mccain went on to call crews a wacko bird. >> jon: oh, no, you didn't. did you not call someone a wacko bird because that is a weird insult. and nobody really knows what that means. i mean you're not a sixth grader. so what did cruz say to hagel? to get slapped with the wacko bird label. >> i don't know if mr. hagel has received funds directly or indirectly from foreign sources. it is at a minimum relevant to know if that $200,000 that he deposited in his bank account came directly from saudi arabia, came directly from north korea. we don't know what it was. it may be that he spoke at radical or extreme groups or anti-israel groups and accepted financial compensation. we don't know. >> jon: he might [bleep]. i don't know. the a hearing with a colleague of many of the other people on this panel who think... i don't know. does he? he? here's the thing. does he have a puppy? so cruz is not a wacko bird. he's just a "take things out of context to create a false impression of guilt" bird.
are announcing today. thank you. >> thank you, secretary hagel. general gary patton director of the sexual assault response office. remarks couple opening and i will address the rest of your questions. let me reiterate that sexual assault is an affront to the values we defend. as today shows, we have work to do and it remains a persistent problem and the department. it is a challenge confronting the military. while we are moving ahead to combat this crime, it is clear we have work to do. we have to eliminate this threat for the safety and well- being of those in uniform. this report contains data for military services and outcomes of sexual assault as well as results from a confidential surveys of active and reserve components of the force. the surveys are conducted every two years as was mandated in the national defense authorization act. this is the year we have survey results incorporated into the annual report. it will be included every two years from here on out. the surveys provide prevalence estimates for estimated occurrence for unwanted actual contact among the forces. we also inc
in syria and what sounds like a change. the defense secretary chuck hagel has just said that the obama -- i'm going to read this to you, exactly as he put it: the obama administration, u.s. defense secretary chuck hagel says the obama administration is rethinking its opposition to arming syrian rebels. he says you look and rethink all options. doesn't mean you do or you will. he was speaking at a pentagon news conference. the british defense secretary, who said any action would be based on very high quality intelligenced a miss nibble a court of law. so, they're rethinking this idea of arming the syrian rebels. it sounds like a trial balloon to me. sounds like they're about to test out reaction. we'll flick jennifer griffin from the pentagon. we'll play the sound for you from secretary haigle and let you decide and then we'll get some analysis. the obama administration rethinking whether to arm the syrian rebels. and there's one other thing. the houston airport shooting? we now have from authorities that a man walked in, fired two shots in the air with an ar-15, and the while in the securit
chemical weapons. one consideration is send more non-lethal weapons to its own people and chuck hagel indicated the administration may be changing its position to coming to arming them. >> so you are rethinking the proposition to arming the rebels? >> yes. you look in recent and all options. it doesn't mean that you do or will. these are options that must be considered with partners, with the international community. what is possible. what can help accomplish these objectives. >> eric: what should the u.s. do? john bolton, former ambassador to the united nations. ambassador, good morning? >> good morning. glad to be with you. >> eric: think are open to possibilities. what do you think is possible? >> i think the administration is thinking out loud in full public view. i think that alone sends a very distressing signal to the assad regime, to hezbollah and lebanon and to the mullahs in tehran that the administration is strategically confused, doesn't know what to do next. that is real contrast with israel which has always had a real red line that they don't want to see more weapons, ro
in this study. 26,000 active duty troops experienced unwanted sexual contact. secretary of defense chuck hagel called it, quote, one of the most serious challenges facing them. president obama says he has zero tolerance for this type of assault in the armed forces. >> sexual assault is an outrage. it is a crime. that's true for society at large and if it's happening inside our military, then whoever carries it out is betraying the uniform that they're wearing and for those who are in uniform, who have experienced sexual assault, i want them to hear directly from their commader-in-chief that i've got their backs, i will support them and we're not going to tolerate this stuff and there will be accountability. >> the president also called on secretary hagel to step up efforts to identify and identify attackers. of the more than 3,300 reported cases o'assault, just 238 assailants were convicted. >>> of course, the political world has been watching chris christie's weight for sometime. he secretly had lap-band surgery in february. it restricts the amount of food a person can take in. he has lost 40
to opposition forces. earlier today, the defense secretary chuck hagel caused a bit of a stir when he said the u.s. is rethinking the opposition to arming the rebels. a reporter asked the president about that very comment just a few hours later during a visit in mexico. >> what secretary hagel said today is what i have been saying now for months which is we are continually evaluating the situation on the ground, working with our international partners to find the best way to move a political transition that has assad leaving, stabilizes the country, ends the killing and allows the syrian people to determine their own destiny. >> shepard: i have got to tell it you sounded like a little more than that when the defense secretary said it. trial balloon or oops? one or the other. the united nations estimates more than 70,000 people have died since the uprising began in syria more than two years ago and that estimate is from three months ago. jennifer griffin is live at the pelc tonight. this was a little weird how it all went down. i wonder as one who has been there for a long time and knows all the
at 8 p.m. >> at a news briefing yesterday defense secretary chuck hagel confirmed reports that the u.s. is considering arming the sunni rebel groups. is joined at the pentagon news conference by british defense secretary philip hammond. this is 20 minutes. >> good afternoon. secretary hammond and i just completed a productive session regarding our two countries' continued common interests. i'd like to thank secretary hammond for the u.k.'s strong partnership with the united states and his friendship. in march, i had the opportunity to meet with the u.s.-u.k. combined chiefs' conference at fort mcnair. at that meeting, that was recreated as a gathering of the american-british uniformed military leadership during world war ii, much discussion revolved around our continued relationship and partnership. our history of being allied in defense of common interests and common values continues to strengthen the relationship of our two militaries. the discussion secretary hammond and i have had today, which we will continue this evening, reflect our shared desire to deepen our defense cooperat
, say the iranian are celebrating the idea of chuck hagel as secretary, which happens to not be true, these things matter and add up and cause people to make the kinds of mistakes that do not hold up under scrutiny of a presidential candidate. >> well, as i was preparing if for today, let me read from a profile of senator cruz that mother jones ran last year. it's about his primary win for the senate race. cruz' campaign deployed a brand of glenn beck like tentherism, warning that the united nations was going to crack down on golf courses in the name of sustainability. karen, i ask you, is it only ted cruz who can protect america's golf courses? >> yes. we could have ted cruz be the republican -- as you know, the republican party, in the aftermath of 2012, they're all convinced that the problem is not with their policies and their ideas like the one you just mentioned, but rather with their message and messenger. i think that's part of the appeal of someone like a ted cruz. that being said, again, if we just look at the demographics of the country, what he's talking about in that kin
are there illegally, including many mexicans? >> what secretary hagel said is what i have been saying for many months. we are working with our a politicalfind transition that stabilizes the country, or in signaling, and allows the syrian people to determine their own destiny. we have made an enormous investments, not just in humanitarian aid, but in helping the opposition organize it felt. to make sure it has a consistent vision about how it is operating. as we have seen ,vidence of further bloodshed the potential use of chemical weapons inside syria, what i have said is we will look at all options. we know that there are countries that are providing legal aid to the opposition. -- lethal aid to the opposition. we know the assad regime is getting legal aid from countries outside of syria. we want to make sure every step we take advances the day when sad is gone and you have people inside of syria who are able to determine their own destiny rather than engage in a long, bloody sectarian war. we will continue to evaluate that. as i mentioned in my press d.c.,rence back in dc -- we want to look before w
in syria was a hot topic this weekend on thursday, chuck hagel was the -- that washington considering opposition to the syrian fighter. only days before, barack obama described new intelligence gathered by his government as a game changer. >> well we have is evidence that chemical weapons have been used in side of syria, but we don't know how they were used, and when they were used, or who use them. we don't have the chain of custody to establish what exactly happened. >> barack obama remain cautious at the end of the week and said that he needed more clear proof that syria was using chemical weapons before deciding to respond. until now, washington has ruled out sending weapons to the rebels as they may fall in the wrong hands. hopes for a political solution to the war suffered another blow, as a rumor a rose that ibrahimi was, planning to step down, as casualties mounted on both sides. >> the european central bank dropped their key interest rates to an all-time low, on thursday. combat negative growth in employment, but many were skeptical of the previous rate cuts. the european eco
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serious challenges facing the military, defense secretary chuck hagel has ordered commanders to create a climate where assaults are prevented and victims are taken care of. sexualage, more than 70 assaults every day. this is 45 minutes. >> good afternoon. i'm going to make an announcement this afternoon. a couplet, i will take of questions. patton toed general get into the specifics of the briefing. last night, i spoke with the secretary of the air force about the allegations of misconduct involving the officers responsible for the air force of sexual assault prevention efforts. he has been removed pending the outcome of this investigation. we are outraged and disgusted. it is one of the challenges facing this department, and a threat to the safety and the welfare of our people. that reality is underscored by the annual assault on sexual assault being released today. to recruit and maintain the people we need. it is unacceptable to me and the leaders of this institution. and everyone associated with the united states military. we need a cultural change where every service member is tre
to pokes then usually increase its efforts to address the problem and chuck hagel announced he's issuing new orders to change the culture in the ranks. >> today everyone. in this department at every level of command will work together everyday to establish an environment of dignity and respect where sexual assault is not tolerated, condoned or ignored. >> reporter: the pentagon report came just days affluent connell jeffrey krusinski was himself arrested for allegedly groping a woman. and in february air force lieutenant general susan helms overturned a captain's conviction on aggravated sexual assault. now missouri senator claire mccaskell is holding up helms' nomination for vice chair of the u.s. someplace command she spoke at today's hearing. >> the general said no, no, we believe the member of the military. that is the crux of the problem here. because if a victim does not believe that the system is capable of believing her there's no point in risking your entire career. >> reporter: in response, lawmakers are pursuing multiple kinds of legislation on the problem. one could strip com
not come forward the defense secretary chuck hagel is working to change that. >> sexual assault is a despicable crime and one of the most serious challenges facing this department. it's the threat to the safety and welfare of our people. and to help reputation and trust of this institution. >> shepard: secretary hagel says is he outraged and disgusted that the head of the air force sexual assault unit is now facing the accusation of sexual assault. officials say they have m the job while the pentagon investigates. the nominee to be the next u.s. ambassador to libya is promising to make security her top priority. debra jones is her name. she testified at her senate confirmation hearing today. and then tomorrow morning the house is set to hold another hearing on last year's attack on the u.s. outpost in benghazi, libya. that killed a former u.s. ambassador chris stevens, the state department official sean smith and two former navy seals tyrone woods and glen dority. -- five page prebuttle testimony we are supposed to hear at the scorcher of the hearing tomorrow. greg hix the numbe
secretary hagel that force feeding, quote, violates core ethical values of the medical profession once a prisoner makes a rational decision to refuse food. >> the administration seems to be more worried about the bad publicity from a detainee dying than they are from the bad publicity of force feeding the detainees. >> i don't want these individuals to die. obviously, the pentagon is trying to manage the situation as best as they can. but i think all of us should reflect on why exactly are we doing this? >> reporter: the military says dozens of prisoners clashed with guards two weeks ago and were hiding makeshift weapons. >> we hit the point where, you know, i felt we were accepting too much risk, and it was time to take action. >> by the authority vested in me as president -- >> reporter: the president tried to close guantanamo two days after he took office. what happened? congress fought him at every turn, blocking a plan to build a supermax prison in illinois, or try prisoners like alleged 9/11 mastermind khalid shaikh mohammed in lower manhattan, or send them home. 86 prisoners, lo
the japanese defense minister onodera and u.s. defense secretary chuck hagel spoke about the issue. they confirm their nation's oppose any un lateral attempt to change the status of the islands. chinese ships have repeatedly entered waters near the islands since japan nationalized them last september. government officials in beijing have started using the term core interests in reference to the islands. they used the same phrase in statements on taiwan and tibet. it means sovereignty it can never yield. the ambassador also said recent remarks and actions by japanese politicians will hurt japan's interests in the long run. he was likely referring to a visit to the shrine in tokyo by cabinet ministers. the shrine honors japan's war dead, including those convicted of war crimes. >>> experts at japan's nuclear watchdog are trying to answer some of the questions that remain about the 2011 nuclear accident in fukushima. they plan to incorporate their findings into new safety standards for nuclear plants. nuclear regulation authority staff held an initial meeting with outside experts. the
deadly or more complex. >>> earlier thursday defense secretary chuck hagel told reporters the u.s. is rethinking its opposition to arming syrian rebels. >>> the new york city skyline is one step closer took restored this morning. thursday workers raised an 800-ton spire to the world trade tower in lower manhattan. once permanently attached the new trade center will stand a symbolic 1776 feet making it the tallest building in the western hemisphere and slated to open next year. >>> this could be old man's winter last hurrah. a winter storm dumped 16 inches of snow in minnesota and wisconsin. stranding drivers and knocking out power lines to tens of thousands of people. the heavy snow caused a roof to collapse in minnesota. while sioux falls, south dakota saw it first may snowfall in 37 years. >>> nbc's bill karins has the weekend forecast. bill, this is a crazy story. why are we having snow in may? >> extremes. i mean, in the midwest, people have snow days in may. an interesting story out of the northwest up in the bellingham area, there's actually a school, bellingham christian
deadly or more complex. >> earlier thursday defense secretary chuck hagel told reporters the u.s. is thinking its opposition to arming syrian rebe rebels. >>> the new york city skyline is one step closer to being restored. workers raised an 800-on to spire to the top of the tower. once permanently attached, the new trade center will stand. 1776 feet making it the tallest building in the western hemisphere. >>> now it's time for your first look at this morning's scramble politi politics. you might know her as queen b., but the fed's have their own name. b-6. that's how she's referred to in documents after a freedom of information request by bloomberg news. they filed the request after lip sync gate. not one page mentions the singer by name. >>> new hampshire senator kelli ayotte is defending her vote with a bill for equal pay. they already have enough laws. >> didn't add, it created a lot of burdens. i think it would have been hard to make it more difficult for job creators to create jobs. >> and has gotten an earful from both sides and seen her approval rate i rating dip. >>> t
.s. secretary of defense says farming syria rebels is still an option. chuck hagel says the obama -- arming circassian rebels is still an option. rebels, that is an option. that is an option. hammond rented clearly when he talked about what is the objective for both of our countries, certainly be united states? stopping the violence. stability in the region and a transition in, helping because of the position of syria to a democracy. >> lebanon hopes for hundred 50,000 syrian refugees -- there is no system to deal with them. as their numbers grow, the lebanese government is rethinking their policy. >> she fled with her three children, leaving her husband home to fight. now she does not know if she will ever see him again. >> he is to call me every other day. i have not heard from him in 10 days. they told me he might be dead. i do not believe it. >> like many refugees, she did not want to show more sense. 440,000 refugees are officially registered in lebanon. they make up about 10% of the population. the government estimates the total number of about 1 million. refugees find safety in leban
to send troops into a company where chemicals. >>. >> paul: there are reports now and chuck hagel said it this week, the administration is considering earlier decision not to arm the rebels. >> we have to do something. >> the problem is, we are always behind the curve here. if we had done some of these things earlier on two years ago the cost of enter vehicles would have been much lower and cost of fixing syria would have been much easier to do. now it's a full out sill war with over 70,000 dead, it's harder for the u.s. to come and arm the rebels. >> paul: the argument is, the rebels are led by an al-qaeda affiliate and if we help the rebels we'll help al-qaeda take over syria. >> i think it's the general who said last year but it's somebody people trust. he is a pragmatic. the ones who do need western help. they did try to give assurances. but if we pick them we have to be in there with money and weapons and establishing a no-fly zone. >> number one interest is to secure the chemical weapons. we had a bombing attack using fireworks and pressure cookers. imagine what happened if you w
administration shows very little sign of wanting to get involved in this. chuck hagel, john kerry, two dovish members of his national security team. whiles -- while there may be an argument it's in america's long-tem interests to break up the prospect of a breakup in that area, it's no immediate danger. chris: the president m that preference -- press conference this week, i've never seen him, not stunned, but as much back on his heels. it seems like the people around him have said why do you look so war-weary? but even on background checks, gitmo, all kinds of reasons we can't get rid of it right now, inability to gailt deal on the economy, immigration looks dodgy even though that looked like the best deal. stuck, stuck, stuck. >> yeah, when he was answering that question about whether he had the juice to get anything through in the remainder of his term, i actually had a moment of empathy. does he understand how to use the power of the presidency to get his agenda through in if you talk to people on the hill, their attitude is the president comes in with all the certitude of the president in
comments comes days after chuck hagel refused to speculate on military intervention plans and john kerry heads to moscow today for talks with russian leaders. nbc's martin fletcher is in tel aviv for us. good morning to you, martin. some saying this attack could even be a message to iran. >> reporter: that's right, richard. the attacks that took place, the two attacks that you mentioned by israel into syria certainly have an immediate effect in terms of destroying any weapons that syria wants to transfer to hezbollah in lebanon. but the real message, exactly as you say, is actually to iran, which is stay out of syria, do not continue to try to arm your puppet in south lebanon, hezbollah is ready to strike. the question now is what will iran do? and also more immediately, what will syria do? the deputy syrian foreign minister called it an act of war. now, the israeli military have today been saying there's no war with syria. they don't want war with syria. all they want to do is stop weapons from iran transiting syria to hezbollah in lebanon. now, those weapons that israel attacked which
. and by the way, where is defense secretary chuck hagel? whose blazer is he borrowing? and why does he keep looking down? can we see what that guy is looking at... oh, he's ordering. oh, i didn't... ( cheers and applause ). i didn't realize. more importantly now that we know that the red line has been crossed and the red line has been crossed, what next? >> we still have some uncertainties. >> we are working to establish credible and corroborated facts as to whether or not the president's red line has been crossed. >> we don't know how they were used, when they were used, who used them. >> jon: for instance, did he use them in a boat? did he use them in a boat? did he use them in a house? did he use them with a mouse? it's from obama's new book "red lines and gas." look, i can't imagine that everyone is satisfied with the obama administration's approach. >> are you satisfied with the approach the administration is taking? >> no. i haven't been satisfied for a long time. >> i hope that this new revelation of chemical weapons will move the president to do what he should have done two years ag
decisions not to arm rebels in serious. according tochuck hagel -- to u.s. defense secretary chuck hagel. he said he hasn't decide if it is a good idea. he said his country has also not ruled out arming the rebels. >>> retired army lead -- retired army leaders are warning budget cuts are creating a hollow military that is not prepared. they hosted a forum in washington, d.c. today on the readiness of u.s. forces. speakers warn the pentagon has been forced to slash 10% of its budget. one of the most difficult cost cutting moves is closing bases. >> the answer is yes but not my base. what is in the national interest versus the local interest so the politics boil up to the top. >> he argued there are smart ways to save on military spending such as reducing recruiting. >>> fighting food with what you are allerg took. the treatment be -- allergic to. the treatment being developed. >> more records to talk about, the heat advisory still in effect. we have a weekend around the corner. the impacts from this weather coming up in just a few minutes. look at 'em. living on cloud nine with that u-verse w
hagel was just in israel a few weeks ago. met with the israelis to discuss iran, and to finalize a large weapon sale to the israelis to supplement it conventional arsenal. >> our position is iran will not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon. the prevention of iran from developing a nuclear weapon, period. >> the pentagon hopes the upgraded been will give israel confidence that the u.s. has the ability to deal with iran's underground nuclear sites if it needs to. confidence many 0 in the administration hope will deter israel from striking iran on its own, shep. >> shepard: that's a huge building you're working in there i wonder if there's a department of naming things? massive ordnance penetrator? is this someone's joke? >> they come up with these names, then they call them -- they don't actually refer to it as such. they of to it as a mop, m-o-p, so it's acronyms. >> insert your joke here, please. jennifer, nice to see you. >>> no verdict today in the trial of the philadelphia abortion doctor accused of murdering babies and a patient. jurors have already gone home for the weekend, hap
by suggesting that while defense secretary chuck hagel has pentagon budget concerns, quote, there are much more serious issue he is must deal with. religious prosyletization and sexual assault are at the top of the list. well if secretary hay fwal were alking about the type of prosyletization that's caused anyone to yell allah achbar and go about killing fellow members of the service, then i would certainly understand why secretary hagel would be concerned about that kind of proselytizing. t for anyone to talk about dition and treason and christians basically acting in an unconstitutional way by expressing or utilizing their freedom of religion, for him to promote the prohibition of the free exercise of religion would encouraging treason and it would be so very unconstitutional. so it's quite interesting when we find people who are educated beyond their ability such that they can read the constitution and not understand the second clause that does not allow the prohibition to the free exercise of religion. we got an explanation from d.o.d. and air force on what they really meant after people st
, secretary hagel gave a speech at the national deference university that described the major strategic and budgetary challenges, choices, and opportunities that we as a defense enterprise face. i would like to pick up where he left off, in what one of what will undoubtly be a series of discussions that extend over the spring and summer as we in the defense department, with the congress, work together to try to put stable and solid foundation under the strategic transition that we are embarked upon as a nation. as president obama made clear in the new defense strategy, we announced last january, we we are turning a corner, a strategic corner. from a post 9/11 era dominated by two wars, in iraq and afghanistan, to the challenges and opportunities that we will define our future in security. we know what many of those challenges: continued turmoil in the middle east, the persistent threat of terrorism, enduring threats like weapons of mass destruction, and a range of new threats such as cyber. we also see great opportunities; among them, to shift the great weight of the department of defen
, we are live at the pentagon this afternoon awaiting a news conference between chuck hagel tapped british defense secretary. it's expected to get under way in just a couple of minutes. expected to take questions on the u.s. possibility of providing arms to syrian rebel forces. while we wait for this to get under way. we'll bring you a discussion on intelligence gathering and sharing from this morning's "washington journal." >> the former director of national intelligence. he served as the first d.n.i. from 2005 2007. prior no that he served as ambassador to several countries including the u.n., iraq, mexico. served on the national security council lots of different positions within the government. host: is the d.n.i. instructure effective and is it working in your view? guest: i think. so i think the intelligence community needs a manager, somebody who doesn't have day-to-day operational responsibilities who can deal with issues like bument, programs, priorities and serve as the president's chief intelligence advisor host: did you do the daily briefing with the president? guest: i
said we have to step up our game. >> i have spoke to secretary hagel and indicated to him that we are going to have to, you know, not just step up our game. we have to exponentially step up our game to go at this thing hard. >> bill: the president says people in the military have to know that you do this and you are going to pay the price. >> for those who are in uniform, i want them to hear from their commander in chief, i have their backs. we are not going to tolerate this stuff. there will be accountability >> bill: let's talk about this. 866-55-press. so many questions pop in your head. why? why? what is it about men particularly in the military who feel that they have got the power, they have got the control. that this is what they feel or them because they have the uniform on and a gun on their hitch they can do whatever they want in terms of another person's privacy, another person's boyd. what is it that the that's responsible for this tell wave of sexual assault and what do we do about it? it a chain of command, so-called so you can have a ju
will not quit working this problem. >> so defense secretary hagel will review the rules surrounding military convictions for sexual assault in march after an air force general threw out a fighter pilot's jury conviction for aggravated vault. but where do you take that from here? a lot of people are saying that's not enough and other reforms are needed. >> it's not enough. here's a perfect example. the person who was in charge of preventing sexual assaults is actually arrested for committing a sexual assault. it's unacceptable. and there has to be an entire reform of how we address these kinds of cases. it has to be removed from the chain of command because the reality is if you have something like 19,000 cases or even 26,000 cases as reported today, each year, members of the military are being sexually assaulted, there's a reason why only a handful are being reported and going to trial. it's because there is an entire culture that is not supporting these men and women coming forward to get justice. i think we have to reform the system. i think it needs a close look and just changing one part
of the air force sexual assault prevention and response branch. a spokesman for defense secretary chuck hagel said and i quote... new york senator kisten gillibrand had perhaps a more pertinent thought. >> how can we possibly stop the amount of sexual assault and rape in the military if the person in charge of enforcing the policies commits the same crime? >> john: for more, i'm joined by retired staff sergeant, colleen bushnell a member of an advocacy group for sexual assaults and susan burke representing military rape survivors. good evening. it is a pleasure to have you both here. thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> john: let me begin with you, ms. bushnell. you served nine years in the military but took a medical retirement after incidents in 2003 2004 and 2005. would you mind sharing with us, ma'am, what happened? >> well, in 2003, i was raped by a senior civilian whom was in my work environment. and it was not safe for me to report him. and for that reason, i was under his authority for about a year. in the following year, my commander who had just returned from iraq, a female, se
: defense secretary chuck hagel has ordered a series of changes to clean up the military. >> we are all going to be held accountable at every level of command. >> reporter: the commander-in- chief says he has no tolerance for sexual assault in the military. >> we have to do everything we can to root this out. >> reporter: the president says he spoke with hagel about making sure the perpetrators of sexual assault are held accountable. danielle nottingham, cbs news, capitol hill. >> krusinski has been removed from his post. he is out on bond scheduled to be arraigned thursday. >>> new jersey governor chris christie says ahead lost 30 pounds after a secret weight loss surgery. the 50-year-old had a band placed around his stomach back in february. today, he told reporters he wasn't shedding weight for a presidential run. >> my decisions about anything to do with my career are based upon what i think is best for me and best for my family. you know? it's not a career issue for me. it is a long-term health issue for me. >> the governor has never disclosed his weight. but it's been a topic of c
, mr. president. administration officials including secretary hagel say that the u.s. is now more seriously considering sending weapons to the syrian rebels. how has your thinking on the effectiveness of such a step evolved as the violence in syria has continued and do you now see lethal aid as the best option available for a u.s. escalation in syria? i also had a question on immigration i was hoping you both could address. senator rubio said today the immigration bill being considered on capitol hill may not pass the senate unless the border security measures are strengthened. are you concerned that an effort to bolster those border security triggers may make a pathway to citizenship almost impossible for many people already in the u.s. illegally including many mexicans? thank you. >> well, first of all on syria, what secretary hagel said today is what i've been saying now for months which is, we are continually evaluating the situation on the ground, working with our international partners to find the best way to move a political transition that has assad leaving, stablizes the
of secretary hagel's -- we are trying to find that now. >> use that chemical weapons to find game changer as rethinking chemical weapons available to us. give us your take on that. >> i did not see the press conference. i was actually in a budget meeting, believe it or not, so i cannot speak exactly the what the president said. nothing i have heard in the last week or so has changed anything about the actions we are taking in the military. we have been planning and developing options. we are looking to determine whether these options remain valid as conditions change. that does not mean that what we have heard over the last week would not change the policy calculus, both in this capital and in others. but militarily, our task has been to continue to plant, to continue to engage with partners in the region and to continue to refine options so that if we are asked to implement any of them, we will be ready to do that. >> in the wall street journal yesterday, you are quoted as saying in white house meetings that once a year constrained was syrians air defenses which came from russia. can you
out of the obama administration. chuck hagel signaled a possible change in the white house is thinking on arming the syrian opposition forces. this after president obama we have a new sense of redlines earlier today, as responded to a reporter, he asked if the united states would reconsider sending arms to the rebel forces in syria. >> arming rebels as an option. you rethink all the options, it doesn't mean you do or you will, these are options that must be considered with partners in the international community. what is possible and what can help accomplish that. lou: this is part of the president focusing this visit on improving economic relations with one of our largest trading partners, as well as promoting immigration reform. >> part of an important diplomatic relations. like gun control and the bargain fizzling. >> there is comprehensive immigration reform that lives up to our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. >> the president needs a victory because he crossed the 100 day mark. >> amnesty is chaos and it's terrible for the country. >> when asked about all
he is weighing military options in syria is secretary hagel's comments reflects what he has said for months >> jennifer, thank you. the president is in mexico on an important mission moting with the mexican counter part. the main issue there is imreform. the real issue is the president's crumbling second term agenda. ed henry is tramping with the president. >> president obama's first extended meeting with the mexico president, also on a political agenda and salvaging immigration reform as other big with legacy items fizzle. >> there is comprehensive immigration reform that lives up to a nation of laws and immigrants. >> he acrossed the are you day mark empty handed though immigration seems like a best shot of a quin. unlike with guns, this is an issue where senator marco rubio want a deal. >> we can't leave in place behawe now it is terrible for the country. >> when asked about allowing illegal immigrants to be u.s. citizens if they meet requirements like learning english and paying back taxes. 70 percent of the voters favor that only 21 percent oppose. there are plenty concern a
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